Calendar

Responding to Literature

Wednesday, September 6th

Topics: Introduction to the Study of Literature

In-Class Exercise:
  • Personal reflection essay on what you expect to learn from the course.
Handouts:

Monday, September 11th

Topics:  Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? (The Importance of Asking Questions)

Handouts:
Discussed in Class: Why Bother With the Humanities?
Readings
  • Fiction: Norton 1-17, 29-31
  • Poetry: Norton 698-706, 712-19

Wednesday, September 13th

Topics:  The Value in Studying Literature; Reader Response; Critical Approaches

Due: Short Essay 1
Readings
  • Fiction: Norton 19-28, 32-48
    • Skim 43-48
  • Drama: Norton 1152-74
    • Skim 1166-71 up to “Writing About Drama”
    • Skim 1173-77

Narration/Point of View

Monday, September 18th

Topics: Critical Approaches; Narration; Point of View; Speaker; Author

Handouts:
Readings
  • Theory: 1971-73 (up to “Emphasis on the Text”); 1985 (“Reader-Response Criticism”); 1979-81 (“Emphasis on the Source” up to “Psychoanalytic Criticism”)
  • Fiction: Norton 174-92
  • Poetry: Norton 735-43 (up to “Poems for Further Study”)

Wednesday, September 20th

Topics:  Narration; Speaker; Author; Biography

Due: Short Essay 2
Readings
  • Fiction: Norton 193-215
  • Poetry: Norton 743-47, 996-1004 (up until “Sailing to Byzantium”)
  • William Butler Yeats, “The Circus Animals’ Desertion” (available for download through Elearning)

Character

Monday, September 25th

Topics: Character; Psychoanalytic Criticism

Handouts:
Readings
  • Theory: Norton 1981-84 (“Psychoanalytic Criticism” to “Emphasis on the Receiver”)
  • Fiction: Norton 218-58
  • Poetry: Norton 1103-04 (“My Last Duchess”)

Wednesday, September 27th

Topics: Character; Psychoanalytic Criticism

Due: Short essay 3
Readings
  • Drama: John Osborne, Look Back in Anger (available on Elearning)

Poetic Form

Monday, October 2nd

Topics: New Criticism; Sound; Internal Structure

Handouts:
Readings
  • Theory: Norton 1973 (starting with “Emphasis on the Text”) to 1975 (up to “Structuralism”)
  • Poetry: 863-879 (up to “Poems for Further Study”); 897-906 (up to “Poems for Further Study”)

Wednesday, October 4th

Topics: New Criticism; External Form

Due: Short essay 4
Readings
  • Poetry: 918-943

Theme

Monday, October 9th

Topics: Structuralism; Theme

Handouts
Readings
  • Theory: Norton 1975-76 (up to “Poststructuralism”)
  • Fiction: Norton 383-428
  • Poetry: Norton 796-802 (End of “Sympathy”)

Wednesday, October 11th

Topics: Structuralism; Theme

Due: Short Essay 5
Readings
  • Drama: Norton 1551-83 (Antigone)

Symbol/Figurative Language

Monday, October 16th

Topics: Poststucturalism; Symbols; Figurative Language

Handouts:
Readings
  • Theory: Norton 1976-78 (from “Poststructuralism” to “Narrative Theory”)
  • Fiction: Norton 334-66
  • Poetry: Norton 848-854 (up to “Poems for Further Study”)

Wednesday, October 18th

Topics: Poststructuralism; Symbols; Figurative Language

Due: Short Essay 6
Readings
  • Fiction: Norton 367-378

Setting

Monday, October 23rd

Topics: Narrative Theory; Setting

Handouts:
Readings
  • Theory: Norton 1978-79 (“Narrative Theory”)
  • Fiction: Norton 284-327
  • Poetry: Norton 766-76 (up to “Poems for Further Study”)

Wednesday, October 25th

Topics: Setting

Due: Short Essay 7
Readings
  • Fiction: Norton 628-638

Plot

Monday, October 30th

Topics: Marxist Theory; Plot

Handouts:
Readings
  • Theory: Norton 1986-87 (“Marxist Criticism”)
  • Fiction: Norton 85-92, 115-137

Wednesday, November 1st

Topics: Plot; Online Research

Due: Short Essay 8
Note: If you have a laptop, please bring it to class today.
Readings
  • Fiction: Norton 152-167

Context: Culture/History

Monday, November 6th

Topics: Culture/History; Library Research; Harlem Renaissance

Note: Please be prepared today to leave our classroom and go to the library. However, we will meet in our normal classroom first.
Reviewed in class:
Readings
  • Poetry: Norton 1031-1048

Wednesday, November 8th

Topics: Culture/History; Harlem Renaissance; Context Revision

Handouts:
Due: Final Essay 1st Rough Thesis
  • You will be exchanging this with another student in class and providing feedback on each other’s work
Readings
  • Norton: 1048-1066

Context: Author

Monday, November 13th

Topics: Author; Flannery O’Connor;

Handouts:
Readings
  • Fiction: Norton 467-495

Wednesday, November 15th

Topics: Author; Flannery O’Connor

Due: Context Revision
Readings
  • None
  • We will review in class Norton 506-518, but you do not need to read those pages before class

Context: Scholarship

Monday, November 20th

Topics: Academic Publishing; Feminist Criticism; Gender Studies and Queer Theory; African American and Ethnic Literary Studies; New Historicism; Cultural Studies; Postcolonial Studies and Studies of World Literature; Outlines

Due:
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Final essay revised rough thesis & outline
    • You will be exchanging this with another student in class and providing feedback on each other’s work
Readings
  • Theory: Norton 1985-1995 (skipping “Marxist Criticism,” which you have already read)

Wednesday, November 23rd

NO CLASS!

Readings

Monday, November 27th

Topics: Sylvia Plath; Scholarship; Final Essay

Handouts:
Readings
  • Poetry: Norton 1072-82

Wednesday, November 29th

Topics: Rough Draft Review

Handouts:
Due: Final essay rough draft
  • You will be exchanging your rough draft with multiple other students and providing comments on each other’s work
Readings
  • None

Individual Conferences

Monday, December 4th

NO CLASS!

Wednesday, November 6th

NO CLASS!

Final Exam Week

Wednesday, December 13th

Topics: Why Study Literature?; Reflection

Due: In-Class Reflection Essay

Friday, December 15th at 11:59 pm

Due:
  • Final Essay
  • Late work
  • Revised work

Notes:

The main page for this class is here: ENGL 1100–Fall 2017

This calendar will be updated with new readings, assignments, and other information throughout the semester. Students will need to revisit this page often.

Unless stated otherwise elsewhere, all assignments must be printed out and physically turned into me during class on the day the assignments are due.

If you cannot make it to class but still want to turn it in on time, you must turn it in electronically through Elearning as a Word or PDF file using the “Assignments” dropbox by the start of the class period or else it will be late.